For those travelers lucky enough to be in Venice/Santa Monica in the spring and summer, all you need for a party is for the sun to come out. Many stay at the beach and do not get the "full monty". The key streets to shop, eat and play are Abbot Kinney (Venice, voted the coolest street in America) and Main Street (Santa Monica) a legendary playground. The best place to play is YAS, a state of the art yoga and spin studio which recently moved from Abbot Kinney (after 15 years) to Main Street on the border of Santa Monica.
There is nothing like the energy of indoor cycling classes at YAS. The instructors are well trained and are incredibly motivating and supportive. Music is key, and the instructors are known for the best music in town. The energy, motivation and music come together to make cycle classes at YAS safe, fun and effective. Regardless of how fit, flexible or coordinated you are, you’ll get a great workout. Be ready to sweat!
The owner & founder is Kimberly Fowler, lawyer, yogi and originator of YAS (yoga for athletes and spinning). I first went in 2004 (when I found out that it was at Bruce Lee's old studio in Venice) and became hooked (I drive from Beverly Hills at sunrise to get there weekly). I use it for martial arts training (I am a black belt in karate). Others are serious yogis (unlike me who is always on the verge of falling down on the balance poses). The vibe is fun... music, cool teachers, and great pace. No "yoga nazis" who torture you with their demons. No pretense, no drama just "good, clean fun" (tough to find in 2016).
So why yoga? Improves health, longevity, reduces stress, makes you stronger, leaner more energized and gets you in touch with the universal rhythms which are most pronounced at the beach (best understood by "watching the waves"). Yoga was brought to the US by Paramansa Yogananda whose lakeside shrine in Pacific Palisades is my "house of worship" (which includes ashes from Gandhi who was, like Kimberly, a lawyer and yogi).
Yas has just moved into a beautiful new studio. Don't you want to play at the beach in California? If so, start at YAS you will be glad you made the move.